Viral video shows Christian Cooper — the black man accused of “threatening” a white dog-walker for simply asking her to leash her pup in Central Park — geeking out over his obsession for birds, especially rare ones.
In the 17-second clip, which garnered more than 7 million views on Twitter as of Wednesday morning, Cooper talks about the “unicorn effect” of the birding hobby.
“You hear about birds, you see them … you say, ‘Oh, wow, that’s an amazing bird, I’d love to see that some day,’” Cooper says in the undated footage. “And then one day, you’re walking though the woods or through a swamp or whatever and suddenly flap, flap, flap, flap, flap.”
Cooper began filming his encounter with the woman, Amy Cooper, on Monday morning after informing her that it was against the law to leave her cocker spaniel unleashed in the Central Park Ramble.
The confrontation culminated with Amy telling the Harvard University grad that she was going to call the cops “to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life.”
Christian is a member of the board of directors for the New York City chapter of the Audubon Society and frequently bird watches in Central Park.
No charges were filed against him or Amy, who was canned from her job at investment firm Franklin Templeton as news of the stunning incident went viral. She has since apologized for the incident, saying she’s not racist.
The New York City Commission on Human Rights is now investigating and the Central Park Civic Association has called for her to be banned from the park.
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